Last Call for CTMH May-June Catalog

CTMH Desserts a la Whirl Card

It’s the last call for the CTMH May-June Catalog. Tomorrow is the final day of this stunning catalog. Make sure you’ve grabbed your favorites of these great crafting products before they are gone! There are the two beautiful paper collections. Hillside Cottage Stars & Sparklers In addition to these wonderful paper collections, there are also … Read more Last Call for CTMH May-June Catalog

Hello Summer Banner Card

Closeup of CTMH Hello Summer Banner Card

For this week’s Make It Monday (67th edition), I have this bright & fun Hello Summer Banner Card to share. It’s the final days of June. Which means the opportunity to get this month’s Stamp of the Month, Outdoor Borders, is coming to a close. I love the bright, cheery color combination of my card. … Read more Hello Summer Banner Card

Smooshing Technique with Watercolor Paints

Stamped Watercolor Smooshed Flower

Who’s ready to learn about the Smooshing Technique with Watercolor Paints? In this week’s video, Jill shows how you can achieve this Smooshing Technique in 2 different ways. She also shows 2 ways to add a splatter effect using your Watercolor Paints as well. I love both of these looks. And together they are so … Read more Smooshing Technique with Watercolor Paints

DIY Fun Fold Slimline Card

CTMH Best Day Ever Fun Fold Slimline Card

Ready to learn a DIY Fun Fold Slimline Card? Slimline Cards are all the rage these days. They give you the opportunity to try new card designs. To create a larger scene image on your handmade card. But sometimes, for me at least, the size can seem a little overwhelming. Perhaps after creating the standard … Read more DIY Fun Fold Slimline Card

How to Create a Handmade Card in Minutes

CTMH A Simple Thanks Card

Do you know how to create a handmade card in minutes? Sometimes we feel creatively blocked or we become too elaborate with our cards. We finish a card and realize we’ve spent an hour working on it! Sound familiar? Well, today I needed a quick thank you card so I grabbed my Craft with Heart … Read more How to Create a Handmade Card in Minutes

How to Personalize a Gift

CTMH Layered Butterflies Bag Closeup

Today I wanted to share how to personalize a gift by decorating your own gift bag. If you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you already have all the supplies you need to create a beautifully personalized wrapping for a gift. Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Layered Butterflies Thin Cuts makes a wonderful addition to … Read more How to Personalize a Gift

50 Summer Photo Ideas

Picture My Life Summer Photo Layouts

It’s officially summer so there’s no better time than now to share 50 summer photo ideas with you! This was actually a wonderful blog post shared by CTMH last week. It’s the perfect thing to share on this Make It Monday (66th edition.) We will be rolling out those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … Read more 50 Summer Photo Ideas

CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale

CTMH Weekend Workshop Layout Samples

Are you ready for a CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale? Starting later today, you’ll find amazing savings on select scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits with our Weekend Workshop Sale! This sale will offer incredible deals starting at 2:00 pm (PDT) today, June 18 and ending at 10:59 pm (PDT) on Sunday, June 20. You will love … Read more CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale

How to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints

Shadow Painted Ice Cream Cone

Ready to learn how to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints? Today I’m sharing video 2 of our 4-part Watercolor Techniques series. Last week we learned about swashing and if you look at the card sample above, it’s used here, too. Additionally, this card uses Shadow Painting. Jill breaks down how easy this is to do … Read more How to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints

Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

CTMH Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

Isn’t this Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card so cheerful? I love the playful design of this patterned paper from the Hillside Cottage Paper Collection. Since I was already working with the Hillside Cottage Collection, it felt right to go ahead and use the coordinating Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Stamp Set. While all the animals in this … Read more Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

CTMH Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

Today I’m sharing the Outdoor Borders Thank You Card I created. It’s another fun way to use this month’s Stamp of the Month. You can add a little bit of pattern to any project simply by using these border images. It’s fun and so easy to do. I used both the true Desert Rose as … Read more Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

A Sweet Happy Bird-day Card

CTMH Bird-day Card

For this week’s Make It Monday (65th edition), I’m sharing this incredibly sweet Happy Bird-day Card. As soon as I saw this adorable So Tweet Stamp Set in the Close To My Heart May-June Catalog, I was in love. It’s just such a cute set with so much possibility. You might remember another fun card … Read more A Sweet Happy Bird-day Card

The Basics of Watercolor Paints

You're Beautiful Watercolor Card

Today we are going to explore the basics of watercolor paints. Just like our 4-week series on Stamping Techniques, our *NEW* 4-week series is going to focus on Watercolor Techniques. For some, watercolor paints can feel a little intimidating. But the beauty of watercolor is that it’s so organic. You’ll never get the exact same … Read more The Basics of Watercolor Paints

Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Cap Card

Are you in need of some last minute graduation gift ideas? Graduation season is in full swing. I just attended one yesterday. A unique, socially-distanced graduation. Graduates could only have 2 guests in attendance. It was outdoors with pairs of chairs set up on the football field–each pair 6 feet apart. The graduates sat on … Read more Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas